• Title: The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others
  • Author: Scot McKnight
  • ISBN: 9780567040336
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Jesus Creed Loving God Loving Others When an expert in the law of Moses asked Jesus for the greatest commandment Jesus responded with the Shema the ancient Jewish creed that commands Israel to love God with heart soul mind and stren
    When an expert in the law of Moses asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with the Shema, the ancient Jewish creed that commands Israel to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength But the next part of Jesus answer would change the course of history Jesus amended the Shema, giving his followers a new creed for life to love God with heart, soul, mWhen an expert in the law of Moses asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with the Shema, the ancient Jewish creed that commands Israel to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength But the next part of Jesus answer would change the course of history Jesus amended the Shema, giving his followers a new creed for life to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, but also to love others as themselves.This is what Scot McKnight calls the Jesus Creed He has written this book for all Christians who want to find out how it can transform their lives and the lives of those around them.

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    1. I first read The Jesus Creed in my first class at Biblical Seminary.  If you go back in my blog to that time in 2007, you'll find a much less mature blogger and, honestly, a much less spiritually mature man.  I've gotten better, but I know I still have a long way to go.I tell you this because, when I first read this book, I really didn't get it.  It was a neat idea, really, to think about a new way of viewing Jesus ministry through what he noted as the two greatest commandments: love God and [...]

    2. What is the true "Good News"?That God loves us. What is the way to live out the Gospel? Love God. Love others. Could it be that simple? Yes, it can, suggests Scot McKnight. We may differ in a few minor areas of theology, but on this, Dr. McKnight and I can agree. In this compelling book he talks about how we can not only live this, but practical ways to do so. Starting with the Jewish Shema (Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind), adding to it what Jesus added to it with "Love your neighb [...]

    3. First published in 2004, The Jesus Creed by author, blogger, and New Testament Professor Scot McKnight has quickly achieved a place of prominence on many Christian “must read” lists. In The Jesus Creed McKnight attempts to articulate spiritual formation not just as a set of disciplines we practice amalgamated over the course of Church history but rather as a coherent lifestyle based upon Jesus’ own teachings. At the core of these teachings is what McKnight calls “The Jesus Creed.” The [...]

    4. Within the Christian faith, there are a slew of creeds that exist. Perhaps the most famous of all are the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. But, little do we know that Jesus himself established His own creed. This creed is known as the Jesus Creed.But, before explaining the Jesus Creed, there is a bit of background information that must be addressed first. Before Christ was born, Jews all throughout the known world had their own creed. This creed is better known as the Shema (Sh'ma) and is st [...]

    5. Yes! McKnight nails it. Jesus Creed is about how following Jesus, in every way, is about loving God and loving people. While this is a very simple premise, McKnight approaches this topic with power and penetrating insight. The Change: Much of the book is about the changes Jesus brought to the Jewish faith. THis is where McKnight really shines. His knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures and Jewish tradition shines as he examines the prayers, stories, and creeds of Jesus and their Jewish roots. Scot r [...]

    6. If you're a Christian, Jesus' greatest commandment is probably not a foreign concept to you. "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." While these may not be words always put into practice, they are words that are often talked about in churches and among Christians. Scot McKn [...]

    7. This book proved to be a good discussion starter for a small group study. McKnight's application of the "Jesus Creed" (Love God, love your neighbor) finds many ways. I found some chapters were much better than others, so the application was uneven; profound in some ways, a stretch in others. Overall I enjoyed reading the book very much. I don't understand why they removed the whole last section of chapters from the 10th anniversary edition of this book. I thought those were some of the best. I r [...]

    8. If the Sermon on the Mount was the manifesto of the Kingdom of God "The Jesus Creed" serves up a veritable pledge of allegiance to that Kingdom's Ruler and His overarching prerogative which is, of course, LOVE. In exploring Rabbi Yeshua's affirmation of the Judaism's Shema ("Hear O Israel the LORD is one: you shall love the LORD with all") which He conjoined with the Golden Rule (which is an affirmation of Leviticus 19:18), McKnight makes clear that, for all the clarity that doctrinal confession [...]

    9. From the Preface -- “A Jewish expert on the law once asked Jesus what was the most important thing for spiritual formation. Jesus’ answer turned history upside down for those who followed him. This book is an invitation for you to explore Jesus’ answer to that man. I call it the Jesus Creed, and what he said should shape everything we say about Christian spirituality. Everything.”Jesus knows what life is all about. He was born into a Jewish family and culture but he was more than Jewish. [...]

    10. This is one of the best books on living the Christian life that I've read, ever. I think it is a must read for all Christians. If you don't have joy in your walk, read it. If you don't know quite who Jesus was, read it. If you aren't readily feeling love for your neighbors, or you in-laws, or yourself, read it.While I usually blow through books that I love, I read this one much more slowly. I read it and many of the Gospel passages more develotionally, but don't think that this is just some warm [...]

    11. Although McKnight made some good points this book was too long for an explanation of the scriptural verses it centers on in Mark 12:29-32 that McKnight calls the Jesus Creed. McKnight creates a lengthy 234-page novel that over examines these four self-explanatory verses found in the book of Mark.The four verses in Mark 12:29-32 are the core values of the Christian faith. In these verses Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves and that there is no other commandment greater t [...]

    12. I read Jesus Creed in 2004. The Jesus Creed, according to McKnight, is the way Jesus combined two important Mosaic laws into one life of love. In Mark 12:28-33 Jesus is responding to a teacher of the law asking, "Of all the laws, which is most important." Jesus responds with two: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (Love God with all your being) and Leviticus 19:18 (love your neighbor as yourself). So McKnight calls this important combination "the Jesus Creed" and makes the claim that Jesus is the first to make t [...]

    13. I really enjoyed the first half, but I felt like he was stretching a bit toward the end. I especially appreciated how he brought Jesus' Jewishness to the forefront. McKnight argues that Jesus amended the Shema found in the Torah to form what McKnight calls the Jesus Creed: When Jesus was asked by an expert in the Law about the greatest commandment, he answered with the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), then added to it Leviticus 19:18: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord y [...]

    14. I have read several books on Christian spirituality over the last three or four decades. I would rate Scot McKnight's The Jesus Creed has one of the best. His point is extremely clear. Using Jesus' summary of the Law in Mark, he believes the spiritually formed person loves God and loves others. The rest of the book provide beautiful variations on that central theme. McKnight combines a comprehensive grasp of Scripture and church history with an ability to tell stories that illustrate his argumen [...]

    15. Been meaning to read this for a while. One of many books I'd like to read in which the meaning of Jesus' key statements/beliefs is explored in light of his cultural and religious context as a first century Jew. I've heard Scott speak about this book before, so I have a general idea of what it's about: apparently Jesus' famous summary of the two most important commandments (to love God and to love others) is actually a reformulation and affirmation of the "shemah" (sp?) of the Jewish faith (I thi [...]

    16. Excellent grounding of the Christian life in the Shema, the creed Jesus would have used during his lifetime, as altered by Jesus in his own teaching on loving God and loving others. Solidly biblical, but the writing format wore me down after awhile. Maybe I should have read it in smaller chunks, because the repetition and the simplicity of every chapter seemed to draw the obvious out. Great content, love McKnight as a teacher, but this book felt about twice as long as it needed to be to get its [...]

    17. In essence Jesus expanded the Shema ("Hear oh Israel") to include loving God and loving others. The book was well organized. What gets me, is that as someone who grew up in the church, why wasn't I told more of this? The good samaritan -- how often have we heard that the Levite and the priest were turkeys for "not crossing the road?" They thoght they were loving God by avoiding the impurity of a dead body! I was also quite challenged by Joseph's willingness to lay down his reputation in obedienc [...]

    18. I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. Overall, it has changed my life over the past year - the way I think about God, myself, and my interactions with others. I cannot think of the right words to write to give a ringing endorsement of the core idea of this book, which is that "Love God and Love Others" is at the heart of an authentic Christian faith and lifestyle.That said, there were chapters that fell flat, and examples that were just silly. It's not perfect. But, who are we to expec [...]

    19. There were some very good sections of the book that really illuminated Jesus. The overall focus of this book are the foundations of the Christian faith, and more importantly how we are called to live our lives. That's all a 10 for me. I think this is an important book for followers of Christ. The message and creed are, of course, exactly right. I also got a lot from the detail on Jewish words and customs during Jesus' ministry. So, it should be rated higher, but the readability and repetition of [...]

    20. This was a refreshing read. It is straightforward, and grounded approach to the two great commands of Christ. McKnight fills the book with practical examples, and an expansive look at the totality of Loving God & Loving Others. This is also not a "feel good" book of how great Christianity is, and how great your life will be once your Christian. It is aware of the world, its nature, and our place within that (both the trouble and the joy).

    21. A good book. It shows how Jesus took the Shema and added "love others" to make a new creed for His followers. This book explains what Jesus called us to do and why, but comparing it to Jesus' actions. It got to be a little wordy and harder to read in the end as it continued. McKnight uses good examples and stories to explain what he means.

    22. I love Scot McKnight's blog, so it stands to reason that I'd love his books. And, indeed, I loved this book. This book is about the basics of the Christian faith - loving God and loving others. The "Jesus Creed" is the combination of the Shema of the Old Testament with Jesus' Great Commandment from the New Testament. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

    23. Excellent book that I highly recommend. It will inspire and challenge readers to flesh out what it really means to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourself. It also has a companion guide to be used for small group or individual study.

    24. A book about "loving God, loving others" that I found thorough yet somehow concise. With this topic that's quite a big job! I appreciated the organization of the material, which helped since there is a great deal. I'm glad now to begin the version for students with my daughters. I have a feeling it may help formulate my takeaways.

    25. I enjoyed Scot's insight into how Jesus added to the Jewish "Shema" and thus brought their Theology full circle from original sin to the new covenant of His blood. It gives lots of good thought to sitting at the feet of Jesus and allowing Him to teach you new insights into your relationship with God.

    26. Read the cover and you've read the book. McKnight goes too far into stories, not far enough into Scripture. What he says is mostly accurate and true, but he is repetitive. He takes the obvious view of the Shema (Israel's creed prayer that Christ repeats and expands) and doesn't examine it fully or interestingly.Not quite worth your time, but not bad in theory.

    27. chapters are brief and always begin with selections from the Gospels. mcknight packages rich material into an accessible format with a pastoral bent. I used it devotionally with great benefit. wish it was longer with a chapter for each day of the year.

    28. One of the best books on spiritual formation. This one is unique because it frames how Jesus' worked this out. The Jewish creeds (which Jesus amended and also 'added' to) was what formed him spiritually and this effected how he lived.

    29. This was a sermon series at our church. I love the passage it is based on: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul's a powerful book to help you live out that command.

    30. This is a very good book on biblical spirituality. It revolves around loving God and loving our neighbor which McKnight takes as the center of the Christian faith. It is basic but profound. It is good book for small groups to study together.

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